How MAG is helping in Burkina Faso
MAG is working in Burkina Faso as part of our arms management and destruction programme in the Sahel and West Africa region. AMD is primarily about reducing the risk and impact of devastating unplanned explosions at munitions sites (UEMS), and the risk of weapons and munitions being diverted to the illicit arms trade. UEMS and diversion both come at an enormous and devastating human cost.
Arms Management and Destruction
Our AMD work is motivated by the desire to have a positive impact on people and their prospects of socio-economic development. Activities in Burkina Faso include:
Undertaken in full partnership with national authorities, these are key to MAG’s AMD work: an assessment team evaluates the condition of the infrastructure and its surroundings, the condition of the weapons and ammunition stockpiles, as well as the stockpile management procedures and processes in place.
Weapons management practices that make people accountable for arms that have been assigned to them. Record-keeping is an essential component of weapons and munitions management.
AMD work aims to reduce the risk of diversion by putting in place physical security measures that can reduce risk of theft. Gun racks are normally a key component of MAG’s armoury rehabilitation assistance. These can be produced locally against standard designs.
Weapons marking acts as the basis of accountable management systems. MAG’s assistance provide training and expert guidance on weapons marking that is in line with international guiding standards and good practice.
TRAINING AND CAPACITY BUILDING
MAG has developed a range of capacity building and training courses. They are always tailored to national and regional context, but draw on the framework of international norms, standards and guidelines.
All of MAG’s AMD assistance is carried out under the principle of national ownership. This means that MAG doesn’t try to address the insecure and poorly stored arms independently; it supports national authorities to do so.